More than 500 RAF Air Cadets from across Kent marched through Canterbury High Street on Saturday, 21 May, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the youth organisation.
A total of 561 cadets and 48 adult volunteers marched from St Peters Lane to Canterbury Cathedral, with the Wing Band leading the Parade, where they joined a further 150 cadets and invited guests for a service to celebrate the landmark anniversary.
The Air Training Corps was formed on 5 February 1941 by a Royal Warrant Issued by King George VI and currently consists of over 42,000 cadets across the United Kingdom. In Kent, there are 1,206 cadets who attend meetings twice a week at one of the county’s 34 squadrons, assisted by 302 adult volunteers.
The event in Canterbury is one of many taking place across the country throughout 2016, and is the first time that a county-wide parade has been organised for 35 years. The cadets marched past Air Vice Marshal Malcolm Brecht, CBE MA FRAeS RAF who is Chief of Staff for Capability at HQ Air Command and Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant Air Cadets. The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, High Sheriff of Kent and Lord and Lady Mayoress of Canterbury also attended the event along with representatives from the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, RAF Benevolent Fund, Greater London RFCA, South East RFCA, KCC and Kent emergency services.
Wing Commander Russell Goodayle, Kent Wing’s Officer Commanding, said, “It is a great honour lead such a dedicated group of people on parade today. It has been a fantastic day. I am extremely proud of my cadets and staff and the work they do”.
For more information on the Air Training Corps in Kent or if you are interested in joining such a great organisation, visit www.kentaircadets.org.